A glimpse of a standard wedding checklist is enough to send couples into a comatose. “Why did I decide to get married again," asks the bride weeks into the wedding planning, especially as the big day draws near. Even with the best wedding planner, the couples should still be in the know of what things to bring during the big day.
Although this list may resemble the ones you’ve already seen online, Ella Celebration has broken it down into 10 main sections. To-bring lists vary from wedding to wedding, but categorizing it into main parts will make the items easier to organize.
Make time to review your budget before the wedding. What has been paid? What has yet to be paid? What mode of payment does each supplier require – cash or cheque? Fill up all cheques and put cash in dedicated envelopes for each supplier.
Consolidate all your payment schedules and summaries in one document. It will be easier to keep track of them, especially when your head is up in the clouds on your big day. Entrust your cash and cheques to a close friend, relative, or wedding planner.
Don’t forget to bring spare cash and empty cheques for extraordinary expenses.
If you have a full-time planner, that’s great. but even if you have a planner, it’s good to keep up with what’s happening and what will happen at your own wedding. Make sure you have hard and soft copies of anything that helps with logistics.
Logistics will vary from wedding to wedding but here are some suggestions.
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One great tip from a wedding planner is to keep all things related to the ceremony in one box. These are the basics:
However, your wedding checklist should be customized according to your type of ceremony. You may need things like candles or other religious and/or symbolic articles, such as the wedding sand below.
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The important thing is to come up with a wedding checklist just for the ceremony and put it all in one box. Nothing destroys the solemnity of a ceremony more than a forgotten item!
There’s going to be a long gap from the preparation to the reception so make sure you don’t go hungry in between. Eat a light but filling meal during the preparation and sneak in some munchies right after the ceremony and before you have your photos taken prior to the reception.
Keep mints handy when you need to freshen up your breath.
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This is especially important if you’re holding your wedding outdoors. Make sure you have the items below in your first-aid kit.
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Don’t allow a wardrobe malfunction to ruin your day. Bring a mini sewing kit with you that should also contain stain and lint removers and wardrobe tape.
Although couples usually wear the same outfits through the entire affair, some couples change into a different set after the ceremony.
If there’s going to be an after-party outdoors, the couple would probably like something more casual and easy to move around in. It’s also important to bring more comfortable footwear for the bride in heels.
When working with makeup artists, always emphasize longevity of the makeup. Weddings are usually long affairs so touch-ups are expected. At the same time, you wouldn’t want to bring an entire makeup bag to the wedding. Use a good primer and just bring the essentials for the touch-up during the wedding.
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It’s better to hand out your gifts to your bridesmaids and groomsmen before or after your wedding, when you’ve gotten your act together after the euphoria and excitement. But it’s exactly when the emotions are high when you want to give your best people your gifts. Should you decide to give them on the wedding proper, make sure they’re already placed where they’re supposed to be.
Just like your logistical materials, make sure you have a copy of your vows in hard and soft copy versions.
If you have a program during the reception with several AVPs, line them up according to sequence and make sure that it is properly saved in formats compatible with the equipment where it will be used.